Richard Kennedy’s Artwork
Dorset-based professional artist, Richard Kennedy, has been creating a wide range of artwork for over thirty years.
Richard attended art college in the ’70s.
Through ’84 – ’94 he lived outside Netherbury near Bridport in West Dorset where he completed a range of highly detailed pen and ink miniaturist drawings.
Richard subsequently had a busy gallery at Dunluce Castle, County Antrim, where he expanded his range, again inspired by the scenery.
In the mid-’90s Richard embraced his family’s Royal Navy tradition by producing pencil and scalpel blade drawings of British warships during the last war.
Areas of rock music have always been of great interest to him so images of Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd are here too – though for viewing only as the prints are no longer available.
All of Richard’s other pictures are available as signed prints, the more recent being of acid-free, conservation quality.
Richard has been back in West Dorset for the last decade or so and now lives near Beaminster, up in the hills above this historic old town. He still makes frequent visits to Ireland.
Recently, he has started abstract painting and his originals are, this time, for sale.
In the 1980s and early 1990s Richard Kennedy completed about fifty highly detailed pen and ink drawings, largely of rural subjects in West Dorset.
His Airedale Terrier dog, Tess, features in some of these pictures – of particular note is Through Beaminster woods with Tess, which took about nine months to complete.
Three of Richard Kennedy’s original pen and ink rural drawings were accepted by the Royal Academy back in 1991. These were Through Beaminster woods with Tess, St. Mary’s Church, Beaminster and Stoke Abbott spring.
Over the years, Richard has had two galleries in his local town of Bridport.
Richard is originally from County Down and, in the 1990s, he returned to the region for a few years, where he had a wonderfully positioned gallery at Dunluce Castle in North Antrim, for his still growing range of rural drawings.
The early pictures are highly exacting pen and ink dot drawings. Subsequently, Richard incorporated the use of a scalpel blade to exact a further level of detail – all working by the naked eye only.
The rural drawings are available as prints, signed by the artist.
Richard’s most popular rural drawings – Hardy’s Cottage and through Beaminster woods with Tess – are now available as Limited Edition, conservation quality prints.
See Rural Gallery
Royal Navy Drawings
Richard began this range in the 1990s, using a variety of pencil types and the tip of a scalpel blade, to achieve maximum tonal depth and detail – with the smaller drawings taking several weeks and the larger drawings up to five months to complete.
The the notorious Arctic Convoys to North Russia are a special interest.
Some of his Arctic Convoy drawings are to be found enlarged and used as panels by the Loch Ewe Gallery on wartime explanatory panels around Loch Ewe in the Western Highlands of Scotland – Loch Ewe having been used as a convoy assembly and dispersal anchorage for both the ‘Kola Runs’ and the Atlantic Convoys.
These highly detailed pencil and scalpel blade drawings are available as acid-free, conservation quality prints signed by the artist in pencil.
All prints are exactly the same size as the original picture.
Absolutely removed from Richard’s highly realistic warships and rural subjects is his new, ever-growing range of abstract original paintings.
Areas of abstract painting have always been of interest to Richard and these represent a spontaneity of passion and thought for him.
These original abstracts are 3D acrylics painted on canvas board over raised surfaces, creatively using carvable paste and/or structured gel over materials such as bird seed, rice, etc.
See Abstract Gallery
Richard Kennedy has always loved areas of rock music and, mainly in the 1980s, completed a creative range of drawings of his favourite acts – namely Jethro Tull – and Pink Floyd, Free and some others. All are created with pen, ink and the tip of a scalpel blade, except the early set of three Tull 1980s drawings which are pen and ink.
The Artist’s Technique
Richard started to develop this very exacting ‘dots’ only technique – and working by naked eye only – in the early 1980s. Subsequently, the use of a scalpel blade to exact a further level of detail on top came into being up until the late 1980s. These were mostly the West Dorset scenes.
The range of Royal Navy prints of pencil and scalpel blade drawings began in the mid-1990s.